One of the reasons why we created this website was to help spread community news and events, and to give an opportunity for people and businesses to share that information. But the Atwater Village Forum has always been the main source of information for local internet-goers. A great source for crime activity, local rumors, and even some heated discussions, the forum had a long-standing informational role for a lot of residents.
But yesterday, it was announced the forum is no more.
Forum moderator Robert “Fixer” Smith filled us in on its demise:
At the 4/12/2012 Board meeting of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council, a motion was passed to cancel the hosting account that runs the current forum. The website had been moved previously to a new host but there was not a new forum included in that redesign, and the forum software is many years out of date and could not be moved to the new host.
Basically, it looks like it was going to cost a lot more money to upgrade the forum to another publishing platform, and the new licensing and hosting fees were “not financially prudent,” says Robert. He adds, “There may be other options in the future if the Board puts together a proposal.”
We were part of the discussion back in 2010 on the need to upgrade the forum, but it feels sudden and a little sad to have it go. For now, if you go to the old forum URL, you’ll be directed to a Facebook page URL that doesn’t exist. If you want to touch base with neighbors, check out the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council Facebook page, or drop us a line with questions, comments, concerns, or any other neighborhood announcements.